No More Bondage

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“So don't you see that we don't owe this old do–it–yourself life one red cent. There's nothing in it for us, nothing at all. The best thing to do is give it a decent burial and get on with your new life. God's Spirit beckons. There are things to do and places to go.”

Romans 8:12-14

It’s time to get serious about this walk for Christ. I know that you’ve said in your heart and may have told others that you were getting serious. However, life is short. It comes and then goes. However, let’s not just leave it to time. What about the quality of your life? I’m not talking about what you have that you can touch. Do you have the inner peace and joy that only God can give? Are you just going through the motions? Life wasn’t meant to be lived through mediocre motions. God meant for you to live life with purpose and intent. Through this reading and exercises, my desire is for you to realize that God has something in store for you that is simply amazing. My words are just part of it. It’s going to take dedication from you to carry it out. You have to want this life in Christ bad enough that you are willing to do the very first step. This step is the most important because it marks a change in the wind. It’s your turning point that will define the rest of your life. Are you ready?

Join me over the next couple of weeks on my blog as I discuss how to let go of your past and walk into your future. It's time to turn your past in and walk in the fullness of what God has called you to. Your past is past due!

Read below for part 1!


Letting go of the past....

This is the hardest step for most people. I know it seems really easy to do. However, it’s not about what happens when you’re in church and everything is “holy”. It’s when Friday night calls and those old habits and friends call around 9 PM. It’s when the ex calls or when an inappropriate picture pops up on your screen. We begin to backtrack. Thoughts begin to creep into our minds. We begin to consider the minor damages that may occur by bringing our past back into our present. We say things like…

It’s just for one night.

It’s not like I’m going to get pregnant.

Maybe (s)he’s changed.

If I hit it/smoke it just a tiny bit, it won’t hurt.

Just a peek.

Slowly but surely we stack up a list of reasons for us to give in until we feel “sure” in our minds that everything is just fine. However, the time that we make to give excuses provides us with the same opportunity to reject them in the first place. Now, notice I said that we are not perfect. You may slip a few times and that’s where God comes in to help you keep going. However, for some of us, it’s less about grace and more about still desiring the taste of sin which equates to death in the long haul. However, we knowingly pull forward and entertain our past. Our past knows us very well. It is used to our lingering smell of desire and pleasure. It longs to embrace our flesh in sinful matrimony. However, the flowers of imaginary happiness and content turn into rotten and festering boils of regret and pain. What seemed like a few seconds of bliss turns into a battered heart held up by the strings of life. It becomes a cycle. You begin to lift your eyes up and realize that life can’t be like this always. You must come to this realization below.

Main Point: The past is the past for a reason.

Some things are marked as “out of season” in your life no matter how much you try to bring it with you in the NOW. I’ve been there. I’ve tried bringing in old friendships, romances, and desires into the NOW, thinking that things would mesh. The past can never mesh with the future unless God is in the midst. For instance, many people’s testimony is something of the past that has pushed them into an amazing now and a blessed future. Here is the issue for many people. We forget that a testimony is a story telling of what you got OVER.

Why don’t we bring these issues to God? What if you talked to God about battle with sin & pleasure? What if we talked to God first instead of giving in? You must not allow yourself to be controlled by the bondage of the enemy. The enemy can only get in when we open a door. For many of us it’s the blocked number that we keep on unblocking. It may be the internet browser that we think God can’t see or it’s the messages that you allow in your Instagram DM’s constantly. However, they can not be closed until you realize that this is the old you. The old you can not fight or close these doors on its own. Stop trying to do it on your own. Stop trying to be successful on your own. Stop trying to take care of your family or your relationships on your own. God wants to help you and He’s been waiting the entire time.

I remember how I was and when I reflect, it’s quite sad. There I was in the ring of life trying to fight my past with no protection. God was sitting in the corner but I told myself that I had it. Then there were times when I would spend with Him, but only on Sundays. I would read my devotional here and there but I never had a deep prayer life. So I was spiritually naked to the attacks that the enemy brought once I started trying to live right. When you don’t allow God to help you, you can only TRY to live right. When you allow God to be with you, you actually can live right. It’s possible to get it right. We think perfection means living right. It’s really about purposeful actions led by a pure heart.

Courses of Action

When my past begins to call my mind, body, or spirit to backtrack, instead of thinking of reasons to give in, I will think of reasons to reject it all.

The enemy only can get in where there is a door open. Look in your life and see where there are any open doors. Begin to close as many doors as you can with God’s help. Some will take longer than others because of the impact it may have had on your life. However, there is nothing on earth that is more powerful than God!

Go from trying to live right to actually walking in God’s grace to live right daily. Remember that it’s not about perfection but “purposeful actions led by a pure heart”.

Questions & Exercises

1. Read 2 Corinthians 5:17 below:

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Notice the tense presented in this text. If anyone “IS” in Christ. He “IS” a new creation. The old HAS passed away. This clearly shows a contrast in time. By using “is”, we can see that this means NOW. However, notice that the past is used with “HAS”. Also, the very last few words of this scripture speak to us that the NEW is already HERE.

Question: What from your past are you trying to bring into present tense? Why do you find yourself having to do this? (Many times it can be the little things that we try to bring in. A little bit of this and a little bit of that until it forms into a snowball.)

2. Read this quote below from Judah Smith’s book, “Jesus Is”.

“Jesus loves us right now, just as we are. He isn’t standing aloof, yelling at us to climb out of our pits and clean ourselves up so we can be worthy of him. He is wading waist-deep into the muck of life, weeping with the broken, rescuing the lost, and healing the sick.”

Many of us have not changed our lifestyles because we think that we have to get “perfect” before God can work on us. What Judah Smith is saying above is that Jesus loves you just as you are. Jesus loved me when I was hooked to pornography, having sex with those who did not love me, lying, and full of pride. He loved me enough to want to change my life. However, I had to invite Jesus to do the work.

Action: Read John 3:16-21, Read John 10:10

Question: Think about your life. Think about how you desire to change your life. According to these scriptures and passages, how does Jesus help you in this process of getting back on track to a wonderful live with Him?

If we can get back to the realization of why Jesus really came then we will have a better perspective on getting right with God. Remember that it isn’t a walk in the park. Why? The enemy desires for you to stay stuck in the pit of despair and false happiness. He wants you to think that where you are in life is all that God has for you and that you should settle. However, Jesus didn’t come that you may settle but that you can surpass your wildest goals and dreams. He came so that you can see that you are loved even when you do not feel it. He came so that you can see how special you are to Him and that He has a unique plan and purpose for your life. However, we have to let Him in so that He can do what will bring all of these wonderful changes. We have to realize that our worth is found in the NEW life.